Marco’s Pizza sets goal to raise $50,000 across 500 locations to help our military heroes find employment.
Marcho’s Pizza is the nation’s fastest-growing pizza franchise and is celebrating a milestore: 500 locations.
It started Memorial Day, and will last through Flag Day, June 14, Marco’s Pizza, the fastest-growing
pizza franchise in the United States, is celebrating 500 Strong, by
honoring veterans and military families nationwide. During the three
week period Marco’s Pizza stores will be accepting $1 donations to benefit
USA Cares Jobs Assistance Program, a national nonprofit that provides
financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 U.S. military families.
The veteran unemployment rate is around double the general population,
and donations will directly benefit veterans seeking employment.
Marco’s Pizza 500th Store
The 500th location is set to hold its grand opening celebration on Flag
Day, June 14 at Hoggard High across from the new store located at 2305
S. College Road in Wilmington, NC. The milestone location is owned by
area representative and military veteran, Joe Walker. Walker spent four
years in active duty serving as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Iraq.
After leaving the military in 2008, Walker saw franchise ownership as
an appealing option given the similarities between the military and
franchising. This milestone location adds to Walker’s resume of owning
and operating 11 locations with plans to open an additional three
Marco’s Pizza stores this year.
“This is really an exciting time in our brand’s history, expanding
across the country, entering new markets and opening our 500th
location, with plans to open a total of 200 new stores this year,” said
Bryon Stephens, Marco’s Pizza President and COO. “We share this
milestone and our successes with our dedicated franchise partners and
their hardworking teams, and of course with our loyal customers.”
With hundreds of veteran employees and franchisees in the system,
Marco’s Pizza sees veterans as a great fit both as employees and
franchise owners. Many of the attributes gained from military service
such as leadership, attention to detail, working as a team, and
following a structured plan directly translate to operating a
successful franchise business. For this reason, and in celebration of
the milestone 500th opening, Marco’s Pizza is determined to help 500
veterans find employment.
As members of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran
program, Marco’s Pizza is dedicated to help provide ownership and job
opportunities to returning veterans. In conjunction with the White
House and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, VetFran helped more than
151,000 veterans, military spouses and wounded warriors enter the
franchise industry by the end of 2013, with nearly 5,200 as franchise
Marco’s Pizza’s recipe for growth has been a combination of a robust
authentic product, a strong community image, and a mission to delight
customers. As the only national franchise chain founded by a native
Italian, Marco’s Pizza has carved out a niche in the industry as
experts in authentic Italian pizza, known for its fresh never-frozen
dough made daily on site, a proprietary cheese blend that is fresh
never frozen and a secret pizza sauce recipe. With 500 locations strong
and more than 1,500 new franchise deals signed in 2013, the company is
on track to quadruple its store count in the coming 5-7 years.